Biography

Dr. Onur Varol is an Assistant Professor at the Sabanci University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Principal Investigator at the VIRAL Lab. His research focuses on developing techniques to analyze online behaviors to improve individual well-being and address societal problems using online data. Prior to joining Sabanci University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University at the Center for Complex Network Research. He completed his PhD in Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington (USA). His thesis focuses on the analysis of manipulation and threats on social media and he was awarded the 2018 University Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award. He has developed a system called Botometer to detect social bots on Twitter and his team ranked top 3 worldwide at the 2015 DARPA Bot Detection Challenge. Efforts on studying social bots yield publications on prestigious venues such as International Conference of Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Nature Communications, World Wide Web (WWW) conference, and Communications of the ACM. He interned at Microsoft Research for two summers during his PhD to develop causal analysis of large-scale social media timelines. He is currently working on quantifying success of online personas and impact of their actions. He is also modeling user interactions, leveraging online data across multiple platforms to understand conscious and unconscious behaviors.

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Onur Varol, Sabanc─▒ ├ťniversitesi M├╝hendislik ve Do─ča Bilimleri Fak├╝ltesi'nde ├ľ─čretim ├ťyesi olarak g├Ârev yapmaktad─▒r. Hesaplamal─▒ sosyal bilimler alan─▒nda yapmakta oldu─ču ├žal─▒┼čmalar ├ževrimi├ži verileri kullanarak toplumsal sorunlar─▒ ele almakta ve ├ževrimi├ži davran─▒┼člar─▒ analiz etmek i├žin teknikler geli┼čtirmeye odaklanmaktad─▒r. Sabanc─▒ ├ťniversitesi'ne kat─▒lmadan ├Ânce, Northeastern ├ťniversitesi A─č Bilimleri Ara┼čt─▒rmalar─▒ Merkezi'nde doktora sonras─▒ ara┼čt─▒rmac─▒ olarak ├žal─▒┼čt─▒. Doktoras─▒n─▒ Enformatik alan─▒nda Indiana ├ťniversitesi, Bloomington'da (ABD) tamamlad─▒. Doktora tezi sosyal medyadaki manip├╝lasyon ve tehditlerin analizine odaklan─▒yor ve 2018 y─▒l─▒nda Indiana ├ťniversitesi Se├žkin Doktora Ara┼čt─▒rma ├ľd├╝l├╝'ne lay─▒k g├Âr├╝ld├╝. Twitter'da sosyal botlar─▒ tespit etmek i├žin Botometer adl─▒ bir sistem geli┼čtirdi ve 2015 DARPA Bot Tespit Yar─▒┼čmas─▒nda d├╝nya ├žap─▒nda ilk 3 s─▒rada yer ald─▒. Bu alanda yapm─▒┼č oldu─ču ├žal─▒┼čmalar Nature Communications, Communications of the ACM gibi dergiler ve International Conference of Web and Social Media (ICWSM), WEB gibi konferanslarda prestijli yay─▒nlanm─▒┼čt─▒r. Doktoras─▒ s─▒ras─▒nda iki yaz Microsoft Research'te staj yapt─▒ ve sosyal medyadaki payla┼č─▒mlar ├╝zerinde nedensellik analizi kullanarak insan davran─▒┼člar─▒n─▒n modellenmesi ├╝zerinde ├žal─▒┼čt─▒. ┼×u anda ├ževrimi├ži verileri kullanarak ├ževresel fakt├Ârlerin insan davran─▒┼člar─▒na etkilerini ve yasam kalitesinin artt─▒r─▒lmas─▒ i├žin kullan─▒lmas─▒ ├╝zerine ├žal─▒┼č─▒yor.

My Erd┼Ĺs Number is 4

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